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      Association Between Bullying and Psychosomatic Problems: A Meta-analysis

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      American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

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          In the last few years, there has been an increasing amount of research showing the concurrent and long-term consequences of bullying and being bullied by peers. OBJECTIVE. We performed a meta-analysis to quantify the association between involvement in bullying and psychosomatic complaints in the school-aged population. We searched online databases (Embase, Medline, PsychInfo, Scopus) up to March 2008, bibliographies of existing studies, and qualitative reviews for studies that examined the association between involvement in bullying and psychosomatic complaints in children and adolescents. The original search identified 19 studies, of which 11 satisfied prestated inclusion criteria. Three random-effects meta-analyses were performed for the following 3 groups of children aged between 7 and 16 years: victims, bullies, and bully-victims. Bully-victims, victims, and bullies had a significantly higher risk for psychosomatic problems compared with uninvolved peers. The association between involvement in bullying and psychosomatic problems was demonstrated. Given that school bullying is a widespread phenomenon in many countries around the world, the present results suggest that bullying be considered a significant international public health issue.

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          Journal
          PEDIATRICS
          PEDIATRICS
          American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
          0031-4005
          1098-4275
          March 02 2009
          March 01 2009
          March 02 2009
          March 01 2009
          : 123
          : 3
          : 1059-1065
          Article
          10.1542/peds.2008-1215
          4b26c840-6359-4e78-b4d9-6efbb6f3b460
          © 2009
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